{BookFlix Friday} and Tweeting&Reading 10.5

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There are tons of great book trailers out in cyberland, and each Friday I will endeavor to bring a couple to you. Many will be new and recent books. Some trailers will preview a not-yet-released book. And others will look back a little further.


Does this book need any further introduction? Here’s the unofficial–yet very powerful–trailer

This trailer was made using Animoto… which my students just may be using in the upcoming weeks. Hmmmm? Got your interest??? Stay tuned.


First there was…

In this mischievous and utterly original debut, Hansel and Gretel walk out of their own story and into eight other classic Grimm-inspired tales. As readers follow the siblings through a forest brimming with menacing foes, they learn the true story behind (and beyond) the bread crumbs, edible houses, and outwitted witches.

Fairy tales have never been more irreverent or subversive as Hansel and Gretel learn to take charge of their destinies and become the clever architects of their own happily ever after.

And it just so happens that A Tale Dark and Grimm was chosen as the Today Show’s “Al’s Book Club” pick.

And now…


More Grimm tales await in the harrowing, hilarious companion to a beloved new classic

Take caution ahead–
Oversize plant life, eerie amphibious royalty, and fear-inducing creatures abound.

Lest you enter with dread.
Follow Jack and Jill as they enter startling new landscapes that may (or may not) be scary, bloody, terrifying, and altogether true.

Step lively, dear reader . . .
Happily ever after isn’t cutting it anymore.

In this companion novel to Adam Gidwitz’s widely acclaimed, award-winning debut, A Tale Dark & Grimm, Jack and Jill explore a new set of tales from the Brothers Grimm and others, including Jack and the Beanstalk and The Frog Prince.


Percy Jackson’s tale didn’t end with the Olympians series. He lives on in the Heroes of Olympus series.

And now…

In The Son of Neptune, Percy, Hazel, and Frank met in Camp Jupiter, the Roman equivalent of Camp Halfblood, and traveled to the land beyond the gods to complete a dangerous quest. The third book in the Heroes of Olympus series will unite them with Jason, Piper, and Leo. But they number only six–who will complete the Prophecy of Seven?

The Greek and Roman demigods will have to cooperate in order to defeat the giants released by the Earth Mother, Gaea. Then they will have to sail together to the ancient land to find the Doors of Death. What exactly are the Doors of Death? Much of the prophecy remains a mystery. . . .

With old friends and new friends joining forces, a marvelous ship, fearsome foes, and an exotic setting, The Mark of Athena promises to be another unforgettable adventure by master storyteller Rick Riordan.


Maddie, my student from last year, introduced me to The Boy Project in her Summer Vacation is for Reading postcard.

I then contacted the author on Twitter and she sent me Book Swag: bracelets, bookmarks, tattoos, magnets. Sweet stuff to give as a “reward” for reading the book. This book is quickly making its way around 104.

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In recognition of Banned Books Week…

Bookmans, http://www.bookmans.com, an independent bookstore with six locations in Arizona, created this video for the 2012 Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out, http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/virtualreadout

During Bookmans’ 36-year fight against censorship, the shattered light bulb emerged as a powerful symbol of the importance of free speech. In this video, combining passages from banned books read by customers and employees, Bookmans created a statement about how books inform, engage and inspire the light in each of us.

Join the Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out! Videos can be uploaded now. Banned Books Week is Sept. 30 to Oct. 6.

The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression thanks Bookmans for its support.

Check out this supercool interactive Banned Books picture I found while strolling the Web.

AND finally, a segment I’ll call “Tweeting&Reading” (at least for now):

I am constantly amazed and thankful for how accessible authors are via social media like Facebook and Twitter. Here are some of the highlights for me and my students from the past couple weeks.

1 thought on “{BookFlix Friday} and Tweeting&Reading 10.5

  1. You KNOW my thoughts on Adam Gidwitz and his amazing books! Hope your students enjoy both of them. 🙂 We’re anxiously awaiting Mark of Athena in my library….the hold list is a mile long already. (Of course I get to read one of the copies first!) and the Bookman’s video? We’ve been enjoying that one all week long — powerful stuff!

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